Code of Conduct

Polish Anglers Association Code of Conduct.

Codes of behaviour for parents and carers.

1. As parents / carers you are expected to:

      • Positively reinforce your child and show an interest in their chosen activity.
      • Do not place your child under pressure or push them into activities they do not want to do.
      • Complete and return the Registration, Medical and Consent Form pertaining to your child’s participation with the club or event.
      • Deliver and collect your child punctually before and after sessions / matches / the event.
      • Ensure your child has clothing and kit appropriate to the weather conditions.
      • Ensure that proper sportswear and protective equipment are worn. Any child not in possession of the fundamental requirements will not be permitted to participate.
      • Detail any relevant medical concerns or conditions relating to their child on the registration / consent form. Any changes in the state of the child’s health should be reported to the coach / school / event staff prior to the activity.
      • To inform the organiser prior to the activity starting if your child is to be collected early.
      • Encourage your child to play by the rules and teach them that they can only do their best.
      • Ensure that your child understands their code of conduct.
      • Behave responsibly on the side-line; do not embarrass your child.
      • Show appreciation and support the coach/school/event staff.
      • Ensure your child is punctual.
      • Be realistic and supportive.
      • Ensure your child has appropriate showering equipment where necessary, plus adequate food and drink.
      • Accept the official’s judgment and do not enter the specified participation areas unless a serious risk arises.
      • Promote your child’s participation in playing sport for fun.

2. As parents / carers you have the right to:

      • Be assured that your child is safeguarded during their participation in sport.
      • Be informed of problems or concerns relating to your children.
      • Be informed if your child is injured.
      • Have your consent sought for issue such as trips or photography.
      • Contribute to decisions within the club.
      • Have any concerns about any aspect of your child’s welfare listened to responded to.

Any breaches of this code of conduct will be dealt with immediately by a nominated official. Persistent concerns or breaches may result in you being asked not to attend events if your attendance is considered detrimental to the welfare of young participants.

The ultimate action should a parent/guardian continue to breach the code of behaviour may be the event officials regrettably asking your child to leave the session, event or club.

Codes of behaviour for children and young people.

3. Children and young people are expected to:

      • Be loyal and give their friends a second chance.
      • Be friendly and particularly welcoming to new members.
      • Be supportive and committed to other team members. Offer comfort when required.
      • Keep yourself safe.
      • Report inappropriate behaviour or risky situations for youth members.
      • Be fair and trustworthy.
      • Respect officials and accept decisions.
      • Show appropriate loyalty and be gracious in defeat.
      • Respect opponents.
      • Not cheat or be violent and aggressive.
      • Make your club a fun place to be.
      • Keep within the defined boundary of the playing/coaching area.
      • Behave and listen to all instructions from the coach. Play within the rules and respect the official and their decisions.
      • Show respect to other young anglers and show team spirit.
      • Take care of equipment owned by others including clubs.
      • Respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background or religious beliefs or sexual identity.
      • Refrain from the use of bad language or racial/sectarian references. This includes bullying using new technologies like chat-rooms or texting.
      • Not get involved in inappropriate peer pressure and push others into something they do not want to do.
      • Refrain from bullying or persistent use of rough and dangerous play.
      • Keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
      • Wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
      • Pay any fees for training or events promptly unless agreed otherwise.
      • Not smoke whilst at competitions.
      • Not consume alcohol or drugs of any kind whilst representing the club.

4. Children / Young People have the right to:

      • Be safe and happy in their chosen activity.
      • Be listened to.
      • Be respected and treated fairly.
      • Privacy.
      • Enjoy your sport in a protective environment.
      • Be referred to professional help if needed.
      • Be protected from abuse by other member or outside sources.
      • Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability.
      • Experience competition and the desire to win.
      • Be believed.
      • Ask for help.
      • Have any concerns taken seriously and acted on.

Any minor misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be addressed by the club/coach and reported verbally to the designated person. More serious or persistent misbehaviour may result in disciplinary action and potentially dismissal from the club/sport. Parents will be informed at all stages. Disciplinary action can be appealed to the club/coach with final decisions taken by the club committee or referred to the governing body depending on the disciplinary procedures within the sport.